Gulf of Aden Security Review
A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity.
Yemen: ROYG and STC forces coordinate counter-AQAP operations in southern Yemen; Houthis issue terms to continue road-reopening negotiations
Somalia: Danab special forces destroy al Shabaab bases in southern Somalia; al Shabaab IED targets Gorgor forces in Mogadishu
Yemen Security Brief:
Southern Transitional Council–backed Giants Brigades and Security Belt Forces representatives met Yemeni government (ROYG)–backed security force representatives in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen, on June 23. The meeting between the rival factions focused on coordinating counter–al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operations in Abyan. ROYG forces and Security Belt Forces launched a joint search campaign targeting AQAP in unspecified areas of Abyan governorate on June 23.
The Houthis formally rejected UN Special Envoy Grundberg’s proposed plan to reopen roads in Taiz governorate on June 22. A source in the Houthis’ negotiating team said on June 23 that the group issued new terms to continue negotiations to reopen roads. The source indicated the committee would only continue discussions if two “secondary roads” reopen immediately.
Somalia Security Brief:
US-trained Danab special forces attacked four al Shabaab bases in Kismayo district, Lower Jubba region, southern Somalia, on June 22. Danab officials claimed to kill two militants and capture four others.
Al Shabaab militants detonated an improvised explosive device targeting a Turkish-trained Gorgor special forces convoy in Mogadishu on June 23.
 Yemen Future, “Yemen: The Giants Brigades are leading a convergence effort between the government and the transitional forces in Abyan, in the wake of bloody terrorist attacks,” June 23, 2022, https://yemenfuture.net/news/8926.
 Hadramawt, “Sources: Legitimacy and Transitional Forces are preparing to launch a military campaign against al Qaeda in Abyan,” June 23, 2022, http://www.7adramout.net/adenghad/7875818/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%B1--%D9%82%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D8%B1%D8%B9%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%AA%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D8%B3%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%B6%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86.html.
 @BShtwtr, Twitter, June 22, 2022, https://twitter.com/BShtwtr/status/1539806046339960834?s=20&t=rxtGV_p0Em5C8aSiM-rBrQ.
 SONNA, “Danab and Jubbaland security forces kill 2 al Shabaab militants and captures 4,” June 23, 2022, https://sonna.so/en/2022/06/23/danab-and-jubbaland-security-forces-kills-2-al-shabaab-militants-captures-4/.
 Somalimemo, “Attacks kill and injure TFG soldiers in Somalia,” June 23, 2022, https://somalimemo.info/articles/16617/Weeraro-ay-dhimasho-iyo-dhaawac-ku-noqdeen-ciidamo-katirsan-DF-oo-ka-dhacay-Soomaaliya.